Holt County, MO Biography
John H. HOGREFE, one of the substantial German settlers of
Lincoln township, was born at Walsrode, in Hanover, Germany Sept.
2, 1816 where he lived on a farm until 26 years of age. In 1842,
he immigrated to America, landing at Baltimore Aug. 10 after a
nine week voyage. He went to Marietta, Ohio and in spring 1843
moved to the city of St. Louis, Mo. That fall he moved to Lexington
in Lafayette Co., Mo. and farmed there until the spring of 1846.
He then went to St. Charles Co. as a minister of the German Methodist
Church and was employed there in preaching until Oct., 1846. From
then until 1850 he traveled over a broad section of Missouri as
a Methodist minister. He then settled on the farm he now owns
west of Craig. That bottomland was then nearly a wilderness with
only a few scattered settlements. Mr. HOGREFE has since engaged
in both farming and acting as a local preacher of the German Methodist
Church. He owns 394 acres of land. He was married to Rebecca TROOK
on April 19, 1847. Formerly of Ohio, she lived in Andrew Co. at
the time of their marriage. Mr. HOGREFE has six sons and one daughter;
Henry, Joseph, Abraham, Benjamin, Simeon, George W., and Matilda.
He has always been a Republican. He is one of the earliest settlers
of the Mo. River bottomland and has been one of the best citizens
of the county.